This morning I was told about a curious, inaccurate article that can dangerously influence many people when adopting a dog. The title of the article in question is: ” 10+ apartment dogs: here are the perfect breeds to keep him at home without making him suffer!” and already the title is wrong and it makes me nervous. I would not want to defame the blog that published it, and I prefer not to name names, but let’s say that its contents are very often “legends”.
THE DAILY EXERCISE REQUIREMENT FOR THE DOG
Enough with the usual excuse of the apartment or the house without garden. The dog doesn’t care much about having large spaces, as long as all his needs are met. I’m talking about more than just eating, drinking, sleeping, taking care of his needs and cuddling.
Of course, it’s more than what many dogs have in kennels, but it’s the bare essentials, which is what allows a dog to survive, and not “live”. We will dedicate a separate article to the dog’s needs in the next few days to deal with this issue in more detail.
At the moment, we just remember that although it is true that some dogs need less exercise, we do not see any relationship with “living in an apartment”. The article says “because the space in the apartment is small and there is not much freedom of movement”.
But what does that mean? Should the dog’s exercise be done in the apartment? It almost sounds like an excuse to confirm the hypothesis small dog = no walking.
THE BREEDS INVOLVED
We don’t dwell on all the individual races that are targeted, although some of them are quite creepy. Searching on google the title of the article you can find it. It is said that the ideal requirements of an apartment dog are “to be small, have a docile character and easy to manage”.
Whoever wrote these criteria and then put Yorkshire in the list of eligible people does not know what he says. In fact, this breed is characterised by a not bad character, not always easy to manage, with all possible exceptions.
They should be analyzed individually, but I mention only three breeds that are particularly close to my heart: the dachshund, the cocker and the greyhound. By including these three breeds among the apartment dogs, we are bordering on ridicule. Three hunting dogs. That’s all I’m saying.
TAKE YOUR FLAT DOG FROM THE KENNEL.
“If you really love animals, save them from the street or take them to the kennels. Kennel pounds are also often found with pedigree dogs.” Even here, whoever wrote this, doesn’t know what they’re saying, or just didn’t take a walk in the kennels.
It’s as rare as a white fly to find a small breed dog (or “flat dog” as they call it) in a kennel. It’s true that there are dogs of breed in kennels, but very often of large size, or belonging to breeds considered dangerous by the uninformed community.
People who as first dog buy a pit bull, will have no choice but to abandon it in the kennel at the first sign of character (attention, not aggressiveness) shown by the dog.
THE APARTMENT DOG DOES NOT EXIST
If you adopt a Newfoundland and live in a studio apartment, it is quite clear that you have made the wrong choice for a simple matter of space. It would be like buying an old fiat 500 if you are 2 meters tall and weigh 110Kg.
Otherwise the choice of a dog must be made with your lifestyle in mind rather than the size of the house you live in. If you have a huge house and you live a sedentary life you can’t afford a dog that needs to do many Km every day. The binomial is dog-man, not dog-house, unless the house is an excuse to leave the dog indoors all day long.